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WHO WE ARE

The Mission of Desert Rose Productions, Inc. and The Desert Rose Playhouse is to produce and present quality plays, musicals, and attractions. While the primary goal of the company is to serve the local and tourist LGBTQ communities, we produce and present a wide variety of productions that also attract the "gay-friendly" population who love and appreciate good quality intelligent and adventurous theatre.

​We actively produce plays, musicals and cabaret productions at The Desert Rose Playhouse in Rancho Mirage, CA. We re-purposed a former restaurant known as The Commissary into an intimate New York-style showroom and opened the Southern California premiere of the hit San Francisco revue DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES! on July 21, 2012. The positive reaction to our production enabled us to produce the show for a 24-week run of performances, setting a longevity record for a local non-profit theatre company.  Subsequent productions have earned outstanding reviews from local and regional press and significant recognition from The Desert Theatre League STAR Awards.

Our Company's four seasons have featured our annual Gay Heritage Production showcasing landmark plays from gay theatrical literature.  Gay Heritage Productions have included THE BOYS IN THE BAND, the 50th Anniversary production of Robert Patrick's THE HAUNTED HOSTLOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, and ANGELS IN AMERICA, Part One, Millennium Approaches.  In addition, we produce a wide spectrum of comedies, dramas and musicals reflecting LGBT issues, characters and lifestyles. We have premiered several new shows including David Pevsner's one-man musical play MUSICAL COMEDY WHOREDan Clancy's searing drama POSTER BOYS, the award-winning cabaret revue VITAMIN Q and our most recent world premiere musical play JUNK by Michael Penny.

Aside from our main stage productions, we present Guest Artists in a variety of theatrical and cabaret events.  These have included: actor/writer Luke Yankee in two solo shows DIVA DISH! and DIVA DISH 2 - THE SECOND HELPINGlesbian humorist Dorothy Kirk in two different monologue productions, HOLD STILL! I CAN'T SEE MYSELF and I CAME OUT IN A DARK ROOM, lesbian comedian Shann Carr's SWEET SWEET LAUGHTERacclaimed singer/actress Francesca Amari's Gilda Radner tribute YOU MAKE ME LAUGH!several original cabaret shows by performer/parody artist Tom Orr, and the area premiere of writer/actor Javier Rivera in his one-man show SALVE REGINA.

We have a varied program of productions and presentations that addresses many aspects of our world in a positive, thoughtful, and entertaining way and incorporates literary classics as well as new plays that examine changing roles and issues in our global society.


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OUR COMMITTMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY

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I​​​​n addition to producing and presenting theatrical entertainment, the company is an active member of the LGBT community, providing the playhouse for rental or selected usage by local non-profit LGBT and gay friendly organizations. We work as an active member of the Coachella Valley Theatre Community by cooperating with other area theatre companies to promote and advocate widespread awareness of talented local theatre artists.  We were honored as "2014 Organization of the Year" by Palm Springs PRIDE.

We regularly donate complementary theatre tickets to The Desert AIDS Project for the benefit of their clients who could not otherwise afford to attend our productions.  This donation is valued in excess of $10,000 each season.
We have donated Season Ticket packages as fundraising tools to local charities like Bloom in the Desert Ministries “Broadway in Bloom” cabaret, The AIDS Assistance Program’s “Evening Under the Stars” gala, the annual Steve Chase Awards benefitting the Desert AIDS Project, and events benefitting the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus,  among other charities.


OUR FOUNDERS


Artistic Director Jim Strait and Managing Director Paul Taylor have been domestic and business partners for 35 years.
  
Jim has worked in the live theater business since the 1970's; acting, directing and designing, as well as managing the business and operations of three professional theatre companies in the San Diego area.  He was Producing Director for the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company and Artistic Director for T.S. Productions, staging the San Diego premiere of the musical Nunsense in 1990.  Jim was later Managing Director of The City of Vista's Moonlight Stage Productions, overseeing a $1.5 million annual budget and producing five Broadway-scale musicals and several plays and special events each season for eight years.  He performed in and directed many successful plays and musicals in San Diego County and the Coachella Valley.
 
Paul worked with Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and was a working Board Member of The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs.  Paul was Producer and Manager of T.S. Productions in San Diego and worked in many backstage and front-of-house positions at several professional and community theatres throughout California.
 
Both partners bring keen business acumen and widely respected artistic talents to Desert Rose Productions, Inc.​​